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True Lies

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Original title
True Lies
Running time
141 min.
United States United States
James Cameron (Original script: Claude Zidi, Simon Michael, Didier Kaminka)
Brad Fiedel
Russell Carpenter
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20th Century Fox / Lightstorm Entertainment. Producer: James Cameron
Action. Comedy | Spy Film. Remake
Synopsis / Plot
Secret agent Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) is a busy man; when he's not saving the world from terrorists, he's under cover as a boring computer salesman, juggling the everyday needs of his wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), and his daughter. While Harry and his partner, Gib (Tom Arnold), work to stop a gang of international terrorists from getting their hands on missing nuclear weapons, Helen, feeling neglected, begins a covert affair with a sleazy used car salesman pretending to be a spy. When Harry finds out, he decides to give Helen a lesson in spy games, which backfires when the couple is kidnapped and stuck in the middle of an international terrorist crisis. Director James Cameron topped his previous spectaculars with this action-comedy extravaganza, featuring amazing stunts and special effects. Actual Harrier jets were hired from the U.S Air Force for their sequence, while production dangled from a skyscraper over the streets of Miami for the amazing climax. TRUE LIES is based on a 1991 French spy comedy entitled LA TOTALE!
1994: Nominated for Oscar: Best Visual Effects
1994: Golden Globes: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Jamie Lee Curtis)
1994: Nominated for BAFTA: Best Visual Special Effects
1994: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Best Supp. Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis)
Critics' reviews
  • "This mixture of comedy and super-agent spectacle works well at first. But when Schwarzenegger's family and working worlds link up -- an inevitable development -- the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and overwrought."
  • "Laugh-out-loud moments when the violence is so cartoonish we don't take it seriously, and yet are amazed at its inventiveness and audacity. (...) on the basis of stunts, special effects and pure action, it delivers sensationally. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
  • "Much of the appeal of 'True Lies' comes from the smooth grafting of battle-of-the-sexes comedy onto a high-tech action picture. (...) the first successful romantic comedy in which trucks, as well as heartstrings, are blown to bits."
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